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Virginia Leonard (b.1965 Auckland, New Zealand) graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design in 2001. Virginia’s focus is working with clay and her work is a response to the broken parts of her body. She writes: “I don’t call it a Spoiled Foot, even though it’s a good summary. I call it a rotten foot. Picked up and then discarded flying like Aphrodite and then bashed into the brick wall. I come limping home relishing in my attention. I am pain intolerant. But I am not her I am the blacksmith potter waging war in the backwaters. Trying my hand at this and that. Turning, turning, hiding my limp behind the iron and fire. I am only Vulcan, only Vulcan.” My works are self-portraits that address my bodily scarring and chronic pain. Chronic pain has no biological value, modern medicine cannot reliably treat chronic pain, it lacks both language and voice. The language of my clay making is my attempt to rid my body of trauma and reduce my level of chronic pain.” Winner of the Molly Morpeth Canady Art Award,Whakatane (2012) and winner of the Walker and Hall Waiheke Art Award,Waiheke Art Gallery, Waiheke (2011). Her recent exhibitions include ‘Tippy Toes’ Installation Contemporary curated by Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Rachel Kent and Assistant Curator Megan Robinson for Sydney Contemporary Art Fair (2017); Solo installation at artgenève, Geneva, Switzerland (2018); Spring1883, The Windsor Hotel, Melbourne AUS (2016); Christmas Time Nurses, PAULNACHE, Gisborne NZ (2017);The Effects of Crack, Objectspace, Auckland (2014) and EXODUS, The Vivian, Matakana (2018). Virginia won the Merit Award at the Portage Ceramic Awards, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland (2015); a consistent Finalist in the Wallace Art Awards and was a Finalist in the National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum.Leonard was the recipient of the Ceramic residency at Guldagergaard, Denmark (July 2017); and was curated into a group exhibition at Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg, Denmark (August 2016). She lives and works in Matakana, NZ and is represented by PAULNACHE Gallery, Gisborne, New Zealand.
12 May 2019
We are thrilled to welcome back internationally-renowned performance artist Ivan Lupi for the world-premiere performance of 'A Private Requiem’. Dark, deeply moving and brave, this 5-day endurance performance will take place each day 11-5pm from Thursday 16 May to Monday 20 May at The Vivian.
7 May 2019
Featuring a knock-out list of some of the leading artists in our region, you can expect gorgeous and large-scale visual wonders from Virginia Leonard, Glenn Barkley, Aaron Scythe, Stephen Bird, Lynda Draper, Stephen Benwell, Dean Smith, and Carlene Thompson.
13 Mar 2019
Don’t miss the last few days of ‘The Worlds of Quinn Mallory’ by Nicholas Ives – currently showing in the North Gallery. In this Artist Q&A, Nic talks about his works in the show and his practice. The show ends this Sunday so make sure you come along and see these in person!
9 Mar 2019
In this video Serj Tankian talks about his work 'Clock Crucifixion' – and the process behind its creation. Join us on Sunday 17 March 2019 at The Vivian between 1pm – 3pm, where Serj will be talking about his practice and signing prints of work available from the show.
8 Mar 2019
In this Artist Q&A we talk with Serj about his work, music, art and his passions during his show at The Vivian Gallery. Known primarily as the lead singer of the Grammy award-winning Armenian- American hard rock band, System of a Down (boasting sales of over 40-million records worldwide) Serj Tankian’s journey as an artist is long and varied.
5 Mar 2019
Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori was born about 1924 on Bentinck Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. She only started painting around eighty years of age, and her career lasted only a decade or so, before she passed away in 2015.
28 Feb 2019
In this Artist Q&A - Matian Maguire takes us on a mesmerising journey through her latest show 'Goddesees'. Her work is on show in our Studio gallery until 17 March and entry is free. This is one not to miss!
4 Feb 2019
Join us at The Vivian Gallery on 2 Feb 2019 from 2pm – 5pm. Meet Serj and get a limited edition print signed by him to you on the day.
22 Nov 2018
Iain Cheesman's show 'tHe' has been an outstanding hit at The Vivian. It closes this weekend on Sunday 25th at 5pm. Make sure you don't miss this last opportunity to catch the show. Iain is one of New Zealand's most fascinating artists, and is much loved for his word-play as well as his quirky visuals. This show contains entirely new bodies of work that celebrate and explore the meaning of life, using Iain's signature good humour and deep irony. In this Vivian Artist Q&A film, we talk to Iain about his work, his play with words and his love of poetry.